Manuka Honey UMF
Manuka Honey UMF refer to a complete, advanced grading system used to assess the qualities and purity of this unique honey. It is registered by the UMF Honey Association of New Zealand.
What is UMF Honey?
‘UMF’ stands for ‘Unique Manuka Factor’ and refers to an evaluation of the three key chemical markers in Manuka honey: Leptosperin, DHA and Methylglyoxal (MGO). All three unique signatures – Leptosperin, DHA and Methylglyoxal – must be present in the honey.
The UMF grading number then assigned to the honey is based on the combined levels of all three of these markers. The higher the UMF grade, the greater the presence of these unique attributes and the better its purity, quality and medicinal benefits.
The UMF Honey Association controls and approves all classifications of UMF honey. It operates a world-leading scientific research programme focused on identifying the signature compounds found only in authentic honey made from Manuka nectar. For this reason, the UMF factor logo represents quality and a sign that the honey is of a higher grade.
Not all Manuka honey is made equal. Different grades have different UMF levels. Testing the UMF of honey is essential as it helps assess the properties and potential uses of a particular batch.
Grades of Manuka Honey
A general guideline to UMF classifications is as follows:
UMF 5-9: Low Grade
This honey is table grade and excellent for daily culinary use. It is delicious spread on toast, added to drinks as a sweetener or used as an ingredient. It can be mixed into warm water as a soothing drink if you have a sore throat, cough, or cold.
UMF 10-15: Medium Grade
Certified UMF honey with a rating of 10+ or higher is medical-grade. This honey is therapeutic for the skin and can be used to help fight powerful or dangerous bacterial infections.
UMF16+: Superior High-Grade Honey
The very best Manuka honey features UMF grades of 16 and above. These kinds of honey have the most potent medicinal and antibacterial properties and commonly feature a more intense taste.
The Differences Between UMF Honey and MGO Honey
Both MGO and UMF are methods used to assess and qualify the concentration of unique natural chemical compounds found in Manuka honey. When applied to the skin or added to the diet, these bioactive compounds can give the body a boost in immunity and skin health and aid the digestive system.
However, UMF and MGO measure different things. UMF is an independent quality trademark that tests three distinct markers of authenticity – DHA, Leptosperin and MGO.
MGO, on the other hand, is a more simple rating. It only classifies the level of MGO in honey.
Neither of these indicators is necessarily better than the other. However, if you want to know the exact Methylglyoxal level in a batch of honey, assessing its MGO level is the most direct, straightforward way to do so. As Methylglyoxal is a significant contributor to the beneficial, unique properties of Manuka honey, the MGO level is a great way to get a sense of the quality of a specific batch of honey.
About Manuka Honey
Manuka honey is made from the nectar of the flowers of the Manuka tree, a species of tree native to New Zealand. While honey has been used since ancient times to treat multiple conditions, not all kinds of honey are the same.
The antibacterial qualities of a batch of honey depend on the type of honey and when and how it was harvested. Some kinds of honey can be hundreds of times more potent than others!
This unique honey possesses special components that grant it its unique antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. One of these is a compound called ‘methylglyoxal’, MGO, which is produced by the conversion of dihydroxyacetone (DHA), another compound found in high concentrations in the nectar of Manuka blossoms. The higher the MGO concentration, the stronger the honey’s antibacterial effect.
The Uses Of Manuka Honey
Manuka honey has long been used for a range of medical applications. Its most common use is to treat minor wounds and burns and aid in their healing process.
But that’s not all it’s capable of doing. Research has shown that honey can also help treat eczema, dermatitis, soothe coughs and sore throats and boost digestive health.
Our Biohoney Honey
Every jar of Biohoney MGO Honey is tested and certified for its natural MGO content. Its MGO number indicates the level of MGO in the honey and gives you an indication of its intensity, colour and properties.
The higher the level of MGO, the darker the honey’s colour and the more intense its distinctive taste.
We stock MGO 100+, 300+ and 500+ Manuka Honey. We also supply RAW Manuka Honey of MGO152+ and 265+ made by leading honey brand The New Zealand RAW Honey Co.
So whether you’re looking to boost your immunity or would like a delicious, healthier alternative to table sugar, our range of premium honey is sure to meet your needs. Click here to check out our full range of MGO honey. [link to https://www.biohoneynz.co.nz/product-category/pure-honey]
What Are The Different Gradings?
UMF gradings are usually between 5 and 25. MGO gradings tend to range between the double digits to 2000. The ‘+’ after a number means that the content of that honey is at least that number or above.
Here are rough comparisons:
UMF 5 = MGO 83
UMF 10 = MGO 263
UMF 15 = MGO 514
UMF 20 = MGO 829
UMF 25 = MGO 1200
The Benefits of Manuka Honey
Scientific studies have demonstrated that Manuka honey offers a wide range of medicinal benefits.
Boosting Wound Healing
Research has suggested that this honey can be helpful when used on wounds and ulcers to fight infection and boost healing. It may even help prevent inflammation in the esophagus caused by cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy.
In addition to topical honey treatment for burns and post-surgical wounds, this pure New Zealand honey may also help treat other skin conditions. These include diabetic foot ulcers, psoriasis, eczema and even herpes lesions. For these reasons, it is sometimes used as a component in bandages to boost wound healing.
Protecting Dental Health
Some studies have suggested that Manuka honey may help prevent periodontal diseases such as gingivitis by reducing the buildup of plaque on the teeth.
Prevent Antibiotic Resistance
Unlike antibiotics, medicinal applications of this special honey don’t seem to lead to resistant bacteria. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or ‘superbugs’, develop after repeated exposure to common antibiotics. These bacteria may create infections that can only be treated using unique, rare or expensive antibiotics.
Honey contains numerous bioactive plant compounds and antioxidants. These compounds are more present in darker types of honey, such as Manuka, and include important antioxidants like organic acids and phenolic flavonoids.
These substances have been linked to a reduced risk of heart attacks, strokes and even some types of cancers.
Lowering Heart Disease Risks
There are suggestions that Manuka honey may reduce risk factors for heart disease common in people with Type 2 diabetes. It may reduce levels of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol, inflammation and triglycerides while raising the amount of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol.
Decreasing Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a significant risk factor for heart disease. The antioxidant compounds found in honey have been linked to lowered blood pressure. This, in turn, can reduce the risk of heart disease and other serious illnesses.
Improved Cholesterol Levels
High levels of the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol play a significant role in promoting atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis refers to a buildup of fat in the arteries, which can cause heart disease, heart attacks and strokes.
Studies have shown that Manuka honey can help reduce the levels of bad LDL cholesterol in the blood while raising the amount of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol.
Swap Sugar For Honey, Lower Triglyceride Levels
Elevated levels of triglycerides in the blood have been associated with both heart disease and insulin resistance, the latter of which is a big contributor to developing Type 2 Diabetes.
Studies have shown that by swapping out table sugar for high-quality honey, you can lower your triglyceride levels and reduce your risks of other medical conditions.
Prevent Blood Clots
The antioxidants found in honey may help prevent the formation of blood clots, which can in turn cause strokes or heart attacks.
Soothe Coughs in Children
Coughing is a common consequence of upper respiratory infections, especially in children. A cough can take weeks to disappear entirely, and while it lasts, it can impair the sleep and quality of life of a child – and their parents.
However, cough medications aren’t always effective and may have undesirable side effects. Some children may also refuse to take cough medicine due to its strong artificial taste. In contrast, honey may be an effective, natural alternative. It has been shown to help soothe coughs and sore throats. However, do note that you should not give it to children below a year of age.
As you can see, the benefits of Manuka Honey are as powerful as they are numerable. Here at Biohoney, we stock an extensive of pure, high MGO New Zealand honey rich in beneficial properties.
To explore the honey we have available, click here [link to Pure Honey page] or get in touch with us at +6435466300 if you have any questions.